Help Victims of Terrorism in the Philippines
More than 200,000 people in the southern Philippines are desperate for food, water and other essentials for survival after fleeing an attack on Marawi City by an Islamic State-linked terrorist group. The ongoing terrorist assault that began on May 23 sent thousands of families fleeing, most to Iligan City, where Christian Aid Mission supports an indigenous ministry that risked rescuing some residents and is striving to provide critical aid to those who have escaped.
The ministry undertook initial rescue efforts when armed forces were focused primarily on stopping the attempted takeover of the city, not recovering trapped civilians, the ministry director said. "We as a small organization took the risk to organize the rescue of some contacts and students who were stranded on the campus the first two days of the war," he said. "The displaced have cried and pleaded to God to let the fighting stop."
The Islamist militants are believed to have stockpiled supplies that will last them for months, and as government forces are reluctant to endanger the lives of the 500 to 600 people who remain trapped in the city center, those who have fled cannot now envision when they would be able to return home. The government has rescued some 1,500 civilians and reduced the Islamist terrorists' control of the city to about 10 percent.
Christian Aid's ministry partner requests funds for the displaced for food, New Testaments, water and clothing, including a traditional tube-skirt called a malong that can serve as a towel, blanket, prayer mat, baby sling, shawl, sun-shade, portable dressing room, hammock, and shopping bag. Each malong costs $6 each.
"There is a great need and a great opportunity for native missionaries to show the love of Christ," the indigenous ministry leader said. "Marawi City is 99.6 percent Muslim. Most of the tenets of sharia [Islamic law] are practiced in the city."
To help indigenous missionaries to meet needs, you may contribute online using the form below, or call (434) 977-5650. If you prefer to mail your gift, please mail to Christian Aid Mission, P.O. Box 9037, Charlottesville, VA 22906. Please use Gift Code: 801SAM. Thank you.